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George

By: Alex Gino
Narrated by: Jamie Clayton
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Be who you are.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, really wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte - but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

©2015 Alex Gino (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

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  • Christa N.
  • 17-07-2020

The best book ever

Hi I’m Ella and I am nine years old I gave it this big of a ratting because It is such a good book to describe the feeling of that kind of person! And it is such a good bedtime story for me and every night I ask no I request for my mom to play GORGE or should I say Melissa and I usually fall asleep right away... thank you

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  • NICOLE GILLIARD
  • 09-04-2020

So beautiful

This book is amazing i have a best friend who is like this but wants to be a male this book shows me what trans people are going through and how to help my friend this boom just make me so happy.😁

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  • tgcatmr
  • 07-02-2020

Honest depiction of a transgender child's feelings

I am the parent of a transgender child, and I appreciate the honest depiction of a transgender child's thoughts and feelings. George, the main character, is a transgender female (born male, identifies as female) who has yet to "come out" to family or friends. The consistent use of "she" and "her" pronouns when George is still navigating life as a boy is a bit jarring at first. Parents should be aware that the narration includes frank talk ie. George taking a bath and "trying not to look at what was between her legs". This is called gender dysphoria and is true to how a transgender child on the cusp of adolescence really feels. The author is able to keep the story real while striking a hopeful tone, which is such a feat. I believe it is an important story which will help both trans and cis kids understand each other. But parents should be aware, it doesn't pull punches.

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  • Lia
  • 29-11-2019

love love love

this book is my life, but expressed. my favorite bit is when Melissa and Kelly go to the zoo as girlfriends. and Melissa gets to let herself out, with all the beautiful girl accoutrements - makeup, hair, skirts. being shoved into a gay closet at 10, I completely understand Melissa. transkids need to be heard and understood and this book does a beautiful job of breathing that acceptance. I've listened twice this week to this book from cover to cover and I'm on my third time through, 😭 ing my way. i also love that Melissa doesn't know how she feels about boys or girls except she knows she's a girl.

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  • Christie
  • 27-03-2019

Weird narrator choice

The choice of an adult as the reader here is a poor one. Very distracting.

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  • LDH
  • 09-11-2018

Don’t let kids read

This is inappropriate for the age group it is written for. It talks about hiding web browsing from parents and transgender sexuality. For boys I believe it could be very confusing and teach them they are bad because of how their anatomy is constantly described in the book.

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  • Kelleen Stine
  • 16-10-2018

Not for my 3rd grader!

Way to mature topics for 3rd grade. Porn magazines, hiding things from parents - not my idea of healthy reading for the targeted age bracket.

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  • Jim S
  • 28-06-2018

A must read!

This book is a window with a view most people never see, much less understand. If you consider yourself a people person, or "open minded and accepting", then you should read this. If you don't, get over yourself and whatever ideas you have about "appropriate" gender identification, and learn something new and real about people. Just read it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2019

George

This book will make you cry and weap out of happieness and esspecialy saddness. With great charecters and story line. You will have beutifull dreams and thoughts of this magical book about being yourself it teachers young people about how hard a life of a trans gender kid.

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  • Orita
  • 26-02-2019

Perfect <3

I loved this book so much!! It was absolutely sweet and wholesome and showed the experience of a young trans girl in a relatable and touching way. I wish there were more children's books like this, and I wish I'd read this as a kid. It would have helped me accept myself. The narration here was also highly enjoyable and generally I recommend this to everyone, no matter what age!

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 30-08-2017

Lovely listen

This is really lovely. Really well painted recognisable characters and a great insight into an experience that isn't talked about enough. Great narration too.

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  • Gary W
  • 18-03-2018

The Cutest

OMG This was the cutest middle grade book. This book should be a staple in all schools. I loved Jamie Clayton as Narrator. Well Done to Audible for getting a transwoman to narrate the story. Was there anything I disliked about this book. Yeah, it wasn't longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-2018

A Beautiful Story

Really hits home how hard and lonely being a trans kid can be. It's a beautiful story and heartbreaking at times. Should be read by every trans kid and their parents.